The Chesterfield FC Community Trust can proudly look back on another successful campaign.
Every first team player engaged with the local community during the season and brought joy to school pupils, health providers, charities and sports events week in, week out.
During pre-season, every first team player is put into a group and the groups go into out into the community every week. Each player puts a minimum of an hour of their time in a week towards helping the community, which is great for people in the local area.
For the first time this year, the club appointed three players to act as ambassadors. Charlie Raglan, Tommy Lee and Ian Evatt very kindly put themselves forward as ambassadors during pre-season and this meant that each player would lead on their theme when visiting schools. Themes covered included health, education, social inclusion and equalities, underlining our commitment to making a positive difference in society.
The highlight of the season was in October when the Community Trust organised three separate appearances in one day, bringing a whole team of 11 players into the community.
Three of the players visited Ashgate Hospicecare while four players visited the half-term holiday club in The HUB and another four players visited the Young Spireites event run by the Supporters Club.
Darren McQuade from the Community Trust said: “That was a great achievement for us. The staff spoke to me after and really praised the players in the way that they conducted themselves and spoke to everybody.
“The players received a fantastic reception this season. It was really enjoyable working with them and having them in the community representing Chesterfield FC. It is amazing the impact that the players have on young children. Player visits are a very powerful tool."
Special thanks must go to Chesterfield player and PFA chairman Ritchie Humphreys, who helped organise the players. Ritchie stepped in whenever he could and always went above and beyond, proving he is a true community champion!
If you would like further information on player visits, please phone 01246 264030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.